What Teachers Never Taught And Writers Feared To Write: Disability in African American Children's Literature

Kapria Daniels

Abstract


Some African American children's literature reflects the negative stereotypes that are ascribed to individuals with disabilities through the use of implausible, one-dimensional characters that are expected to perform acts of heroism to gain acceptance. The critical use of these and similar texts in educational curriculum is a key step in combating stereotypes about African Americans with disabilities. The impact of established academic institutions on the identity development of African American children with disabilities is discussed.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v24i1.842

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